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How to play tennis on different surfaces
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A groundsman tends to Centre Court at Wimbledon
Wimbledon's grass courts are the fastest

There are four big tournaments in the tennis calendar. The world's top stars are currently battling out at the French Open in Paris..

They are all played on different surfaces - so here's the Academy guide to what it takes to win on each of them.


Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world - but the biggest and the brassiest is the US Open.

At the Australian Open players compete under the blazing Melbourne sun, while at the French Open they play in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.

The four Grand Slam tournaments are each very different - and winning all four in a row is a very rare feat indeed.

The main difficulty for today's players is that each of the tournaments is played on a different type of surface.

Different types of courts have different effects on the pace and bounce of the ball.

And that can often have a big impact on a player's game.

So it is vital players adjust their game to suit the court.


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Introduction
Australian Open
French Open
Wimbledon
US Open

Grand Slam fixtures 2003
Australian Open: 13-26 January 2003
Melbourne Park
French Open: 26 May - 8 June 2003
Roland Garros, Paris
Wimbledon: 23 June - 6 July 2003
All England Tennis Club, Wimbledon
US Open: 20 August - 8 September 2003
Flushing Meadows, New York

Only players to win all four titles in one year
Donald Budge 1938
Rod Laver 1962/69
Margaret Court 1970
Maureen Connolly 1953
Steffi Graf 1988

Fab four
Andre Agassi was the last to win all four titles - but he took seven years to do it


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